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NEWS and INFORMATION
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Nat'l, Dept & Post
Hiring Our Heroes - Omaha
WED 19 FEB 2014
The DC Centre
11830 Stonegate Drive
Omaha NE 68184
Empl. Wrkshp.: 9:00am
Hiring Fair: 10:00am - 2:00pm
AMVETS National Membership Director
The free student veterans attachment is designed to be emailed to a Student Veteran Leader. Some student veterans groups forward it to their members and other student veterans groups have posted it on their university web site. It has a link to a special area in our database for Veterans using their GI Bill. They get our magazine and the AMVETS insider email that goes out twice a month. Please pass this on to local student veterans groups in your state. Most university student veterans groups are listed on the schools web site.
AMVETS started in these groups. This is our opportunity to begin the engagement process with these young future leaders. If they see a benefit in AMVETS they might eventually join. The GI Bill has lifted generations of military veterans.FREE Student Membership
AMVETS Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference Attendees Evaluations
IRS Requiring DD-214s
Harry Neal, AMVETS
National Membership Director
This is the link to the complete IRS Examining Process for Veterans Organizations.
The excerpt below gives inspectors the option of reviewing DD214s.
184.108.40.206 (01-27-2011) Field Examination Guidelines
1. Review the following to determine the composition of membership of the organization:
- A. Articles of incorporation, charter, bylaws, and meeting minutes,
- B. Membership applications, DD Forms 214, or other discharge documents,
- C. Membership cards and master member lists if they designate status as veteran, non-veteran, auxiliary, or other membership class, and
- D. The dues structure for the classes of membership.
NOTE: The organization must maintain members' military service dates to establish that contributions to the organization are deductible, if a war veterans' organization under IRC §170(c)(3).
American Legion Post 447 in Round Rock, Texas, was fined $12,000 for lack of compliance before rounding up the necessary official documents (DD 214’s) to satisfy inspectors.
As we look into where and when the IRS mandate was created we suggest you hedge you bets and come into compliance. If an inspector came to your post and wanted to see your members DD 214’s how long it would take to produce them? It took the legion 12 days at $1,000 dollars a day.
The Committee on Veterans' Affairs asked Daniel Werfel, Acting IRS Commissioner for clarification in writing "regarding this serious and troubling change in IRS policy" on 29 August 2013. September 3 was the deadline for the IRS to respond with "complete written justification for requiring veterans organizations' to provide these materials." The IRS missed the deadline.
With that said ask your members to find their DD 214s. If it blows over, shred the documents if it doesn't, you will be ready for the knock at your door. If a member cant find his DD 214 he can request one at this site.
News from National
1. eKnowledge is giving Military families $250 SAT and ACT test prep programs for just the cost/shipping of the programs (under $20)...the fee covers everything, including: materials, shipping, student support, and streaming. You may request your programs at: www.eKnowledge.com/AMVETS (A great opportunity for Vets and/or children and grandchildren.) [ PDF Flyer ]
2. VAVS – That stands for Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service!
- Many of our AMVETS family are very familiar with this acronym because it is the largest single volunteer program that our membership supports, but we need many more. I have included a couple of VAVS bits of info; a copy of The Eagle, the VACO Newsletter that highlights Laura Balun's retirement because many of you have got to know her over the years and the URL to the VA Voluntary Service landing page. This website/pages have a lot of great info for our Reps and Deps, as well as baseline info for those of you wanting to know more about the Program. [ Eagle PDF ]
- http://www.volunteer.va.gov/index.asp (Make sure to check out the locations of the nine scheduled Welcome Home events and engage in the one near you.)
ALERT! *** EXTREMELY URGENT! ***
All Posts that have M1 Garand rifles on loan from the Dept. of the Army. (All of our AMVETS Posts conducting Military Funeral Honors). Please note the following SAFETY MESSAGE from US Army Joint Munitions Command, read carefully and disseminate in your respective Departments. There are two PDF's attached: 1) The full safety message 2) Operation & Maintenance Guide.
At least two Veterans performing Firing Detail honors have been seriously hurt by M1 Garands blowing up due to incorrect ammunition being fired.
Dan Saito, US Army Joint Munitions Command
Quality Engineering Division
1 Rock Island Arsenal
Rock Island, IL 61299
DEPARTMENT OF NEBRASKA NEWSLETTER
News to Use
Earlier This Year
NE Veterans Affairs
VA Public Scoping Meeting
Omaha National Cemetery Site Specific Environmental Assessment (SEA). This SEA will analyze the proposed construction and operation of a new National Cemetery on 235 acres located at the Intersection of Highway 50 and Schram Road in Sarpy County. The Public Scoping Meeting will be held on February 18th from 7:00-9:00pm at the LaVista Embassy Suites & Conference Center located at 12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista, NE 68128.
The Impact of IRR on SGLI-Know the Facts
Are you a service member who has been recently assigned to the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR)? Then there's important insurance information you need to know. Your Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage will end 120 days after the date you were assigned to the IRR.
The good news is you can get similar coverage through Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI). But you must apply within 1 year and 120 days from the date you were assigned to the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR). If you apply for VGLI within the first 240 days of your assignment to the IRR, then you can get VGLI without providing proof of good health - even if you have a serious injury or medical condition. To apply for VGLI, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/INSURANCE/apply-for-VGLI.asp.
Forwarded by the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs
CFPB, State Authorities Order Ocwen to Provide $2 Billion in Relief to Homeowners for Servicing Wrongs
I am sending this to you on behalf of Pension and Fiduciary Services. In partnership with the Office of Corporate Communication (OCC), P&F Service developed the attached postcard regarding "pension poaching". This product was created in response to several VSO requests for a concise, easy-to-read document that could be easily distributed to Veterans and their family members.Postcard: "BE AWARE"
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
FRAUD ALERT: Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller’s information is obtained.
The VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone.
In all cases, before giving personal sensitive information over the phone make sure you know who you are taking to.
- The numbers to be avoided are:
- 800-872-1000 (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000)
- 888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551)
VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation, and will provide additional information and guidance as necessary. You can verify VA's customer service numbers online at http://bit.ly/1ekM369
Donations Secure Honor Flight
Generous donations have secured the next Honor Flight for Korean War veterans 25 March 2014.
Heroes with Hearing Loss Program
Through the Heroes with Hearing Loss Program, any veteran with a qualified hearing loss can receive a Hamilton CapTel® captioned telephone at no cost.
[ Forms & Info ]
MS & Parkinson's
Letter from Shawn Wilbur
News Release: 2012-04-15 - Norfolk Veterans' Home Receives Perfect Score
News Release: 2012-03-22 - VA Expands Medical Forms Program to Support Faster Claims Processing [DOC NR]
News Release: 2011-12-09 - Gulf War Illnesses [ PDF Flyer ]
USVA Dental Benefits Fact Sheet Forwarded by the Nebraska Department of
Veterans Affairs [FS 164-3 2010-09]
[ PDF Flyer/Summary ]
Earlier This Year
VA Benefits Webinar:
Home Loan Guarantee Program
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
9:30 - 11:30 AM EDT
& 1:30 - 3:30 PM EDT